MPs Attack Whirlpool Over Fire Risk Tumble Dryers

By Gary Cutlack on at

The thing about Whirlpool tumble dryers that might and can catch on fire is still rumbling on, with MPs operating within the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee saying Whirlpool's response to the mass safety issue has been "woeful."

Despite the spinning around things manufacturer already having contacted the owners of millions of machines, the select committee says there are still more than one million dryers out there that are yet to be fixed and could therefore catch fire when next used, adding a layer of horror to the usually mundane act of getting dad's jeans dry.

MP Rachel Reeves, chair of the BEIS committee, said: "Whirlpool’s woeful response to the defect in its tumble dryers has caused huge worry to people with these appliances in their homes. Their delayed and dismissive response to correcting these defects has been inadequate and we call on Whirlpool to resolve issues urgently. Whirlpool must once and for all put an end to the unacceptable situation where a million machines are acting as potential fire hazards in people’s homes."

The committee is calling for the government to put a national safety strategy in place, creating a single product safety agency to handle such consumer issues in the future. [BEIS]

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